When do highly skilled migrants qualify for a residence permit?

The IND has introduced a streamlined process to grant residence permits to highly skilled migrants. Whether or not a highly skilled migrant is granted a residence permit depends on income levels and agreements between the IND and the employers. There are several requirements companies have to meet if they wish to enter into an agreement for admission of highly skilled migrants with the IND. To demonstrate that he meets all requirements, the employer:

  • Has to be registered in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Has to produce a declaration of a good payment record from the Tax and Customs Administration.

In order to qualify as highly skilled, the migrant should be entering the Netherlands for the prime purpose of employment and he should earn a minimum gross monthly income of EUR4,324 (since 1 January 2017). If he is up to 30 years old, a minimum gross monthly income of EUR 3,170 is sufficient. The employer, in turn, has to prove that he is able to pay this amount of money.

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